The things that seem small and not that significant can actually make a difference. That article someone sent you about the pollution levels in your city right now? That video describing the correct, legal way of segregation you're expected to follow? The poster urging people not to burst fire-crackers, or the campaign about sharing the images of your eco-friendly celebrations? Even just this Facebook post about it all? They all matter. Even if they can change one person's opinion, THEY MATTER.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the celebration of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, and the defeat of Ravana. It is the season of pujas and festivities, diyas and lights, Rangoli and colour; celebrated with new clothes and gifts, sweets and food and, of course, family. Diwali is a festival … Continue reading Diwali, a Festival of Lights or Pollution?
I should not have to look both sides Before I cross a one-way road, Or hesitate on a pavement because Bikes have claimed it as their own. I shouldn't have to manoeuvre Open drains on every street Or drive through the same old pot-holes That only get worse every week. I shouldn't be afraid to … Continue reading There are problems with my society
Don't bottle up your darkest thoughts Express them and get help So many people care for you You're not all by yourself. There's always someone listening If you just know where to look Tell someone what you're thinking Or even write it in a book Somebody always cares, you know, A parent, teacher, friend Somebody … Continue reading Don’t bottle up your darkest thoughts
Their relationship was a whirlwind from the very beginning. They met, and she was swept away by how cool he looked - like a celebrity, with those stylish sunglasses he wore everywhere - how calm-headed and well-grounded he seemed, and how cute his dog was. He seemed to love that dog an incredible amount, and … Continue reading Literally
Lately, I’ve cried a lot. I’ve cried tears of sadness, frustration, anger. I’ve cried out of a pure feeling of being overwhelmed. I’ve cried in happiness. Tears help the emotions escape my body, and that makes me feel better. The first time I cried while on this journey, I cried with people. I cried hearing … Continue reading Today, I cried
And so, for four weeks this journey's gone on It's rushed past at times, yet it's been so so long Since I walked through this gate Since I took up this task I've found answers to questions I might never have asked I taught a class for a day And it wasn't that big a … Continue reading part 3: reflection
Part 1 School Morning alarms as your eyes had barely closed Searching for answers to questions your kids posed Last-minute morning meeting plans on the way As the bus rocked us to sleep every single day And we'd reach and be jolted out of that nap And walk down to school where we'd plan and … Continue reading part 2: immersed
Induction week Alone, excited, nervous Slightly overwhelmed Such a huge new opportunity But I was prepared First time out of home Determined to do my best Got to campus, all alone What was coming I'd never have guessed. An overwhelming number of people Pushed outta my comfort zone Many introductions, new faces, new names Who … Continue reading part 1: overwhelmed
Three whole years stretched out ahead of me So many people and experiences, all new Three years until I'd then have to decide What I next wanted to do. College is somewhere you enter unprepared Innocent, unexposed to the world Or well - that's how it was for me anyway As my limited world-view then … Continue reading Suddenly; already
On Ash Wednesday this year, I made a decision that I had been avoiding for a few weeks. I decided that, for the first time since when I was about 13 or 14 years old, I would not be sacrificing anything or abstaining from anything during Lent this year. It was a decision I knew … Continue reading On Religion and Reasons: Why Fast for Lent?
Group of ladies On their way to work Or heading out for an afternoon Of fun, who knows? Pay for their tickets Get back their change A smooth transaction "All too familiar," someone sniggers Scattered through the bus Yet unbothered by the distance Calling out to each other Chatting, joking, One of them in splits … Continue reading Transport Tales: On the Bus
I'll admit, I've not been the most regular blogger. Heck, I've written virtually nothing over the past few months. But this morning, I looked at the date and it struck me - today is an entire year since I first publicised this blog, making it open to the public and actively showing the world what … Continue reading Blog Milestones: 1 year of blogging
The 12 of us sat on tenterhooks, some with their phones, me nervously glancing at my watch and a few others conversing in hushed tones as we waited. Two of us had held on to bits of blu-tack from earlier which we anxiously fiddled with. The three interviewers walked in. They were friendly, enquired about … Continue reading A suspense-filled ten minutes